Worth $4.5B, Gustav Magnar Witzoe is one of the world’s youngest male billionaires. Gifted a fishing empire by his father, he proclaims to be a ‘normal guy’ – A fitness freak, he lives a life of absolute luxury, loves dogs, invests in start-ups, and is single.
Many have grown up believing life is unfair (read: balanced); it doesn’t give you everything. If it gives you good looks, it makes you poor. If you have the riches, you’re no sight for sore eyes. One of the world’s youngest billionaires, Gustav Magnar Witzoe, heir to the Norwegian salmon empire, is the antithesis of the above statement. He is young, drop-dead-gorgeous, ultra-rich, and has a surprisingly firm head on his shoulders. The 29-year-old model/investor/heir doesn’t hesitate to discuss his humble beginnings or show off his present glory days on social media. We dig deeper to see what this man is made of. Is he all looks and charm, or is there mettle too?
Early life in Norway- Witzoe was born on February 8, 1993, in Frøya, a small island in Trøndelag, Norway, to parents Gustav and Oddny Witzoe. Gustav grew up in a humble environment, with his mother working as a carer and his father endeavoring to make it big, which he eventually did. Gustav senior founded SalMar, which grew into one of the world’s largest farmed salmon producers across Asia, the United States, Canada, the Russian Federation, and Norway. The company flourished, but the Witzoes didn’t spoil their only child rotten. In fact, Gustav revealed he skipped university and put himself to work on salmon farms for two years to learn the trade. He didn’t plop on the boss’s chair; instead worked in the family business as a milker at SalMar’s fish farms in Frøya.
Speaking to Telegraph, he said, ‘Maybe it would have been different if I’d grown up with money, but since we didn’t when I was a kid, I’m very happy about that. It was just a normal, down-to-earth family, and I think those are values I’ll take with me.’ He is incredibly close to his parents- We all love our folks, but how many would declare their love and affection with a tattoo? Gustav did. As per Economic Times, the good-looker tattooed his arm with the words “My true heroes.” The 29-year-old billionaire businessman once confessed he values his parents’ advice more than he does his actual advisors. The man is certainly setting an example for the Millennials on the act of balancing life. The billionaire dubs himself a regular guy, who likes football, works out, parties now and again, and enjoys hanging out with friends. He has his share of fun but also makes time for his parents. Gustav still visits his parents weekly and even sees his childhood friends on the small island of Frøya, where he grew up.